August 11, 2010

One simple way to be more productive

My mood impacts my effectiveness.  I would prefer to be one of those stalwart, and possibly completely fictional, characters who soldier on at high capacity regardless of emotional state of mind.  However, instead I occasionally wallow in despair, frustration, sadness or fear, and my productivity and effectiveness suffer too.
Most of the time, I feel compelled to be as productive as possible.  So I have come up with some techniques to shift my mood and fast. Here's my favourite one to share with you.  It's simple.
Get thankful.
Spending a few moments feeling thankful is a great way to boost your mood.  Make time every day to get in touch with what you are thankful for. It doesn't take very long and like exercising a muscle, it gets easier the more you do it.  It's about noon as I write this and I can easily rattle off several things I am thankful for so far today:  my orchid blooming right now, living in a beautiful part of the world, being a Canadian, free wifi, the friendly barista who made my great cup of coffee, the opportunity to spend time with bright people who are up to something with their get the picture.  By the end of the day, my list will be long and rich with the special things that I am thankful for.
The impact on my state is an immediate connection to what matters and why I love being alive.  How can I possibly be anxious, fearful, sad, upset, or angry in the face of that? And it's something I don't need anyone or anything else to make happen.
The next time you notice your mood is low, try this.  See what it brings you.  

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